IFAD and France join forces to prevent global food crisis and invest in more resilient and sustainable agriculture – VivAfrik

“On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in an extraordinary context, France and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reaffirmed their joint commitment to prevent the global food crisis and invest in more resilient and sustainable agriculture. statement by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and France on the Food and Agriculture Sustainability Mission (FARM) initiative. The document, released by the French presidential news site elysee.fr, points out that the Covid-19 pandemic and more recently the war in Ukraine have worsened food security and nutrition. According to the UN, in 2020 more than 800 million people were chronically food insecure; The situation is particularly worrying in Africa, where more than one in five people face hunger.

“This joint mobilization is part of the European initiative FARM (Mission for Food and Agricultural Resilience). The FARM initiative, launched during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is formulated around three pillars dedicated respectively to the smoothness of trade, solidarity with the countries most affected by the consequences of the crisis and the support of sustainable production in developing countries. of the country,” the message says.

Who adds that IFAD has officially agreed to take over the secretariat of the third pillar of the FARM initiative. This pillar of “sustainable production” will in particular be about promoting sustainable agricultural practices that enable food security and nutrition while combating climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation.

In particular, the joint press release states that four priority areas of action have been identified, namely: “increasing local production capacity, supporting the consumption of safe and high-quality local products, developing internal markets and integrating regional markets, as well as the fight against food products. losses and waste”.

This roadmap will require the mobilization of all actors in the food system, states and relevant regional and political organizations, international financial institutions, bilateral development agencies, as well as farmers’ organizations, scientific research, local governments and civil society. With IFAD’s technical expertise, component 3 of FARM will increase interaction between all stakeholders, strengthen the actions of key players such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and bring together donors around High Impact Projects on food security and nutrition, particularly on the African continent, is noted in a press release used by elysee.fr.

The success of this ambition, realized through FARM, will be based, inter alia, on the commitment of developing countries to transform their food systems and donors to support this with an ambitious financing plan, as well as on close coordination within the efforts of the Global Group The UN Crisis Response and G7 (Global Alliance for Food Security) initiative, of which activities carried out through FARM will be an important component, was highlighted in the message.

As confirmed by the President of the French Republic and the President of IFAD during a visit to the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the role of the private sector will also be decisive in strengthening these partnerships in the long term, and it will be a matter of mobilizing the appropriate financing instruments for the integration of companies to the FARM road map.

Finally, the text emphasizes, FARM’s production base will build on existing initiatives to create more sustainable and sustainable agriculture and food, including, as far as Africa is concerned, the Great Green Wall, the African Union’s Comprehensive Program for the Development of Africa’s Agriculture and Team Europe’s commitment to transition to sustainable food systems, embodied in particular in the plant protein initiative launched at the African Union-European Union summit on 18 February 2022.

France will support IFAD by fully funding the secretariat dedicated to this initiative for the first year at a cost of US$3.2 million, as well as by providing technical support, with a particular focus on impact assessment. In addition, thanks to the memorandum of understanding signed on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the French Development Agency (AFD) and IFAD are strengthening their cooperation and committing to maximize synergies between the programs they support. As the first concrete and joint contribution to Pillar 3 of the FARM initiative, AFD expressed its interest in a joint dialogue with the Cameroonian authorities and IFAD for a financial contribution of five million euros to support the development of the agricultural sectors. This project is a demonstration of the acceleration potential that FARM’s production pillar should enable, the press release concluded.

Moctar FICOU / VivAfrik